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Winter windows: Condensation and mold

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Winter windows: Condensation and mold Mold growth on a window sill from water condensation

Have you ever woken up on a chilly winter morning, looked out the window to gaze at the beautiful ice and snow... only to find that icicles have actually started to form on the inside of the glass, not just the outside? 

Or perhaps if you haven't seen actual icicles, you've occasionally noticed steam accumulating on the glass, or water beads running on to the window sill. 

If your windows are sealed properly, this may never have happened to you. However, this problem can be common in apartments or older homes during the winter.  You may think this is just a short-lived seasonal issue, but this accumulation of water and ice inside your windows can actually lead to some damage to your home. So if you've had any of these issues this winter, this post is for you!

What's with the water???

During the summer months, moisture on the inside of windows is not as common. In the winter season, the air on the outside of the window is typically much colder than the air on the inside. Moisture molecules in the warm inside air will get trapped, and will naturally seek cooler locations. Thus, the molecules will move to the windows of your home because of its contact with the cold exterior air. Essentially, moisture molecules accumulate on the windows because they are meeting in the middle between the cold and warm air. 

So what's the big deal? 

This may not seem like that big of a deal, but if this problem continues throughout the winter like it does in some homes, the repeated moisture buildup can have some not-so-nice effects. 

One of these negative effects can be seen if your window sills are made of wood. Wooden sills that are repeatedly exposed to water will eventually get warped and damaged. In many cases, the moisture will be at its worst during the night, sometimes turning into ice because of nightly outdoor temperature drops. If this happens, large amounts of water can pool on the wooden sills as the ice is melted by the sun during the day. This process can be repeated daily during the winter months. 

Another possible effect of repeated moisture buildup is mold. It's not nice to think about, and probably won't happen in every case. But if moisture is  continually trapped in the warm, indoor air, you could start to see mold forming along the cracks and crevices of your windows. 

So what can you do?

If this is happening to you, there are lots of options for solving this problem in your home.

Some of the quickest fixes are to turn up the heat in your home or run a dehumidifier to eliminate indoor moisture. Another option to consider if this is a recurring problem is to insulate your windows by using a plastic film or similar material. 

There are many ways to tackle the problem of moisture on your winter windows. Be sure to keep an eye out for mold growth and try to eliminate trapped, indoor moisture. 

    Household mold (and where to find it)

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Household mold (and where to find it) Mold can grow between newspapers or cardboard boxes if moisture or humidity are present

    What you should know about mold...

    Mold is a natural organism that can grow anywhere in the environment where moisture is present. Any source of water intrusion can make your home susceptible to mold growth, and can be damaging to your property and to your health if it is not dealt with quickly and properly. You do not even have to have significant water damage or flooding in your home or business in order for mold to begin to grow, so it is important to be aware of the most common places where mold is found.

    How to spot mold in your home or business...

    Where mold might be growing...

    - Basements or cellars where humidity is high

    - Basements or cellars where water damage has previously occurred

    - Behind or below refrigerators

    - Around plumbing or pipes

    - Around air conditioning unites

    - Around the base of toilets or showers

    - Underneath sinks

    - Around or underneath windows that leak

    - Among cardboard boxes or papers that are kept in damp or dark places

    What to look for...

    - Presence of visible mold

    - Strong musty odors

    - Evidence of past moisture problems (dark water stains, etc.)

    - Excessive moisture or humidity in a space

    What to do if you find it...

    If any of the factors are present in your home or property, technicians from SERVPRO of Mercer County can be on site within a few hours to run pretests and determine what exactly is the state of the space. If mold is indeed present, we have the technology and expertise to remove it and restore your property. 

    Call 724-704-8939

    SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area.

    SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its previous condition.

    Faster Response
    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment, and we will have all of the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster within 8 hours.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
    When storms hit Western PA we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (see info on our Disaster Recovery Teams here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    We will work together with our neighboring franchises to make sure that we get the job done right and restore your property to the best of our ability following a storm damage situation.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ 724-704-8939

    Western PA Residents: Follow these mold safety tips if you suspect mold

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:
    Stay out of affected areas.
    Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    Contact SERVPRO of Mercer County for mold remediation services.
    What Not to Do:
    Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
    About Our Mold Remediation Services
    SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 724-704-8939

    24 Hour emergency water damage service

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Water Damage 24 Hour emergency water damage service SERVPRO of Mercer County is only one call away if water damage happens to you

    SERVPRO of Mercer County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today - 724-704-8939

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Mercer County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    About SERVPRO of Mercer County

    SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Click here to meet our team

    Certifications

    • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
    • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC Certified Firm
    • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

    Affiliations

    • Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
    • Meadville - Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
    • Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
    • Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Faster response to any water damage event

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Faster response to any water damage event Don't wait! Call SERVPRO today 724-704-8939

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Mercer County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Mercer County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 @ 724-704-8939

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Mercer County

    SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    October Fire Safety Tips!

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage October Fire Safety Tips! Fires can occur in your home or work place- be prepared with these tips!

    October is Fire Safety Month!

    Join SERVPRO of Mercer County and the National Fire Protection Association to stay informed about fire safety!

    Fires can be a fact of nature, but they can also happen in your home or business. Check out these SERVPRO tips to reduce the risk of fire:

    Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

    Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.

    Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

    Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

    Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections

    Be careful when using candles- Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

    Have a fire escape plan- Make a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year.

    Install smoke alarms- Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

    Test smoke alarms- Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

    Install sprinklers- Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

    Restoring your Mercer County property after a water damage event

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Commercial Restoring your Mercer County property after a water damage event Large water loss in Hermitage, PA

    Flooding and water damage events at Western Pennsylvania commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    No loss too large

    SERVPRO of Mercer County is part of a nationwide network of over 1,700 franchises, all independently owned and operated. Each of these franchises is available 24/7, 365 days per year. If a particular loss exceeds the capacity of our Mercer County franchise, we are willing to collaborate with neighboring SERVPRO franchises to respond to your loss in the way that you need.

    About SERVPRO of Mercer County

    SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Call us for your commercial loss today -

    724-704-8939

    Smoke and soot cleanup

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke and soot cleanup Smoke and soot can leave a pervasive odor in your home

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Mercer County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 724-704-8939 or view more information here

    Water Damage Response Tips

    10/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage Response Tips There is no water job too big or too small for SERVPRO professionals to tackle

    Water damage can result in major loss to property and home owners. We at SERVPRO of Mercer County are here to help you restore your property in the event of a water loss, whether big or small.

    The keys to effective water damage restoration are quick response time and thorough drying. SERVPRO of Mercer County promises to respond to a water loss by answering your call in one hour and placing a professional on-site within four hours in order to minimize the effects of damage to your property. 

    But what can you do to ensure complete restoration in clean water situations?

    Below are some quick tips from SERVPRO® Inc. 

    • Shut off the water source if possible, and only if it can be done safely
    • Remove excess water by mopping or blotting
    • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
    • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
    • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
    • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water from the affected area
    • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where the ceiling is sagging from retained water
    • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting

    SERVPRO of Mercer County wants the best for you and your property. Visit our website for more helpful tips to respond to water damage.

    Call us at 724-704-8939